ICH 25-26 September 2012: Dumb and Hateful: US Islamophobia

25-26 September 2012  — Information Clearing House


Old Allies Reunite in Syria to Foment Future War

By Chris Floyd

As always, while our well-wadded Western interventionists sit safely in glitzy TV studios or cozy Congressional offices and cry havoc, it is others who are devoured by the dogs of war.



Ahmadinejad: Israel Bullying U.S. Over Iran

By Anne Gearan

Israel is bullying the United States over the alleged threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, using the prospect of an Israeli military attack on Iran to force the hand of its much larger ally, Iran‘s president said Monday.



In Case You Missed It

Bended Knees: Zionist Power in American Politics

By James Petras

We should demystify Zionist claims that the Jews’ ancestral homeland is Israel, rather then North Africa and Central Asia, and that there is no historic basis for the Right of Return.



US Refused Iran Nuclear Offer

By Gareth Porter

Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran.



Israel Lobbyist Hints That ‘Pearl Harbor’ May be Needed to Get US Into War with Iran

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

“If in fact the Iranians aren’t going to compromise, it would be best if somebody else started the war.”



We Love The People of the United States : Ahmadinejad

Video & Transcript.

President Ahmadinejad Complete 2012 Interview With Piers Morgan.



Dumb and Hateful: The Consequences of US Islamophobia

By Andrew Bacevich

Although it might be comforting to dismiss anti-Islamic outbursts in the U.S. as the work of a few fanatics, the picture is actually far more complicated.



The Powerplays Behind “The Innocence of Muslims”

By Thierry Meyssan

Its objective is to arouse anger among Muslims and direct that anger toward specific targets.



A Basic History of Zionism And Its Relation to Judaism

By Hanna Braun

In order to understand the circumstances that led to the birth of Zionism I shall sketch an outline of the history of Judaism and the Jew.



US Causing Terror In Pakistan

By Glenn Greenwald

New research shows the terrorizing impact of drones in Pakistan, false statements from US officials, and how it increases the terror threat.



Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History

9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing as a Strategy of Tension

Peter Dale Scott

An Alternative Analysis of Deep Events: State Crimes Against Democracy.



A Crucible of Political Disenchantment:

“Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul”

By Phil Rockstroh

Daily, power kicks us in the gut, and demands our gratitude for having done so.



How Do You Take Your Poison?

By Chris Hedges

Politicians are the public face of corporate power. They are corporate employees.



Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About

By Bill Quigley

Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison.



Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A.

Video and Lyrics of a favorite Leonard Cohen Song:

Sail on, sail on O mighty Ship of State!

To the Shores of Need, Past the Reefs of Greed

Through the Squalls of Hate, Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.



28 militants killed, 54 held in Afghanistan :

At least 28 Taliban militants were killed and 54 others detained in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs said.



5 troops, 3 Taliban killed:

Four Taliban and five combined troops were killed after a clash in Bala Balok district of western Farah province yesterday, Taliban and local officials said Monday.



Taliban release Camp Bastion attack training video :

The September 14 assault on Camp Bastion destroyed aircraft and equipment worth more than £100 million. Two US Marines were killed and nine others were wounded.



U.S. Marines Charged for Urinating On Bodies Of Dead Taliban:

Two U.S. Marines have been charged in connection with a video, showing at least two American soldiers urinating on the corpses of deceased Taliban fighters.



US kills 5 people in Pakistan:

Some of the dead were believed to be foreign fighters but the officials did not know how many or where they were from.



Only two percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan are top militants:

Pakistani civilian deaths in US drone war ‘in vain’ – report:



Nine policemen killed in Iraq:

Nine Iraqi policemen were killed on Tuesday when insurgents attacked checkpoints and patrols in the centre of the country, police said, dpa reported.



Syria rebels kill up to 40 soldiers daily:

NBC News’ Bill Neely visits a hospital where Syrian government soldiers are being treated after fighting in a war that has claimed an estimated 27,000 lives and shows no signs of abating.



Syria’s rebel groups united only by opposition to Bashar Assad:

The news media convention of referring to all these groups as the Free Syrian Army is accurate only in that they all oppose the government of President Bashar Assad. In reality, they’re independent actors, sharing little in ideologies or resources.



Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on Syria’s Foreign Fighters:

Abdul-Ahad says the jihadis in Syria constitute about 10 to 15 percent of rebel forces, but he warns that their foothold is significant because the rebels are desperate for support



Zarqawi’s Nephew arrested at Borders with Syria – UPI:

A nephew of Al-Qaeda’s former leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed by U.S. Air Force jets in 2006 was among the armed group which were arrested in attempt of infiltration from Jordan into Syria, United Press Association reported Sunday.



Rebels Ransack Alawite Village in Lattakia, Syria: Video –

Insurgents in are seen burning homes and attempting to loot a village in the Turkmen Mountains of Lattakia. Such tactics attest to their attempts to ethnically cleanse large areas of Syria, murdering Christians, Alawites, Shiites and Druze



Grim determination in Assad Alawite heartland:

In these western mountains along the Mediterranean coast, not a day goes by without a funeral. It’s the ancestral homeland of President Bashar al-Assad and his minority Alawite sect, and these men are foot soldiers in the war.



Warning Horrific Video

War crimes – The Killing Rooms: Video Shows “Syrian Army” Torture Detainees to Death

: Video – Warning – 18 + – Warning – 18 +



Children of Syria badly traumatised:

Harrowing testimony collected from refugees in Save the Children projects reveals that youngsters have been the target of brutal attacks, seen the deaths of parents, siblings and other children, and have witnessed and experienced torture.



Qatar’s emir calls for Arab-led intervention in Syria:


The French president, Francois Hollande called for UN protection of “liberated zones” under opposition control in Syria. He said France would recognise an opposition government when it is formed.



Israel Walks Out, While U.S. Stays to Listen to Iran’s Ahmadinejad:

The American delegation, however, remained in the hall to listen to Ahmadinejad. “The U.S. delegation did not walk out of Monday’s meeting, as it has in the past when Iran attacked Israel directly,” reports the AP.



President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Speech: Rule of Law

Video – September 24, 2012



An interview with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Ignatius:

I want to ask as my first question the one every citizen of the world would like to ask today: What is the chance of a war in Iran that would result from an Israeli attack on your nuclear facilities?



U.S. Government Embraces Iranian Terrorist Group:

The Same Terrorist Group that Bush Cited When He Alleged that Saddam Was Sponsoring “International Terrorism”



Iran blocks access to Google and Gmail:

US internet company’s services censored as part of first steps to establish a giant walled-off domestic intranet.



Beyond belief?:

Abbas agrees to ‘Dershowitz Formula’ in NY meeting with Jewish leaders:


The Palestinian president also promised to make “a positive statement” about the connection between Israel and the Jewish people during his Thursday address to the United Nations General Assembly.




Israel should annex West Bank – Barak:


Ehud Barak has said Israel should annex large blocs of the illegally Occupied West Bank : Barak said he was mulling a plan which would see Israel “relinquish” dozens of illegal “settlements” while allowing residents of big blocs – Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim and Ariel, where up to 90% of the “settlers” squatters live – to become part of Israel.



Manipulative propaganda :

MKs on right, left slam Barak’s ‘disengagement’ plan:


He ignores Arab peace initiatives and rejects any political initiative on the matter,” Herzog said. “While Barak was defense minister, the Netanyahu government dragged its feet for months on the Palestinian matter and did not act to start negotiations.”



Debunking the racism behind a two-state solution:

This article maintains that the two-state solution under present conditions denies the possibility of real coexistence based on equality.



Israel must stop violating Palestinian human rights: UN:

Israel must do more to halt a string of serious violations of Palestinian human rights documented by a 2009 fact-finding mission, according to a UN report published Monday.



American court orders BBC to hand over Yasser Arafat documentary footage:

Ruling raises questions about the ability of the American justice system to seize material held by media outside the United States



Former fighters exchange fire outside Libya congress:

Former Libyan rebel fighters exchanged fire outside the national congress in Tripoli on Tuesday, a member of the national assembly said.



Libya gov’t tries to woo militias into subordination, but militias still hold all the cards:

“It will never work,” the Libyan militia commander told us. “It’s like suddenly asking the inmates of Guantanamo to cooperate with their guards.”



Libyan Militia Leader Says Looters Stole Shoulder-Fired Missiles (Benghazi):

The commander of a powerful Libyan militia said Monday that looters had stolen “a large number” of shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles from the militia’s base when protesters who called for dismantling the country’s militias overran the compound.



Attack in Libya disrupted major CIA operation:

The CIA has also set up a center on the border between Turkey and Syria to oversee the funneling of arms, materiel, money and fighters into the Syrian civil war



Obama: Libya assault ‘wasn’t just mob action’:

A sign of extremism in nations lacking stability.



Libyan Islamists Cornered, Not Quietened: Op-Ed :

It could be premature to believe that the storming of Islamist militia bases by Benghazi citizens on Friday could spell the end for Libya‘s Islamist militants. Just as it was premature to claim when moderate Libyan political parties took the majority of votes during the July elections that Libya had bucked the Islamist trend sweeping the region.



Growing the empire:

US keen to station troops in NZ: Panetta:


The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says.



US soldier accused of trying to kill Obama, overthrow government:

Aguigui had bought USD 87,000 worth of semi-automatic assault rifles, other guns, and bomb-making materials, prosecutors say. He and the two soldiers were to turn up in court on Thursday for arraignment on charges including illegal gang activity.



Texas Lawmaker To Muslim American: ‘If You Want To Be An American Act Like One’:

Last Wednesday, Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) posted an angry rant on her Facebook page, declaring that “[o]ur soldiers do NOT need to be taught how to be sensitive to radical Muslims.



Ad equating jihad with savagery debuts in New York City subway:

An inflammatory ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.



Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System “Best in the World”:

Venezuela has developed a fully automated touch-screen voting system, which now uses thumbprint recognition technology and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.



Voting laws may disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens: study:

 New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election.



Federal Judge Allows Florida To Cut Early Voting Days:

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled Monday that there was not sufficient evidence that the reduced schedule would disenfranchise black voters, allowing the state to cut required early voting days from 14 to 8.



012: Satire: Video – Sarah Silverman

Warning – Adult Language



Police seal off Spain Parliament ahead of protest:

Spain’s Parliament took on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress Tuesday, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government’s handling of the economic crisis.



Mitt Romney: Richer Than You Think:

Romney would be the wealthiest president in American history, but the extent of his wealth goes well beyond what is normally reported in the press.



Life expectancy falling for the poorest Americans


According to a study conducted for the professional journal Health Affairs, life expectancy is falling for significant sections of the working class in the United States, and in some cases has reverted to levels not seen in half a century.



Prescription drugs kill more people in US than heroin and cocaine combined:

“An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is devastating American families and draining state and federal time, money and manpower,” said Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.



More Americans now commit suicide than are killed in car crashes :

 In 2009, more than 37,000 Americans took their own lives



Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,188


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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